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  • Posted on July 12, 2017

    Get the look - Pale and Interesting

    Do you ever see interiors that you love, but struggle to replicate them in your own home? We thought we would help with some interior lookbooks from a few of the gorgeous shots we have from our lovely interiors range. This week is a vintage style living room from our new title Pale & Interesting

    Pale and Interesting

     

    Vintage trunk

    Wooden Storage Chest

    Whilst you might struggle to find an exact replica of this great wooden trunk that is being used as a quirky coffee table in this living room, there are plenty of designs and options out there to choose from. We love this reclaimed and recycled teak wood chest from Paraphernalia.com Not only does it look great but it doubles up as extra storage space!

     

    Vintage IKEA rug

     Vintage Rug

    While you could spend a lot of money on a vintage rug like the one in this picture, we think that this much cheaper IKEA version would look just as great!

     

    floral cushions

     Vintage Floral Cushions

    Cushions are a relatively cheap way to add some style into a living room without having to do any decorating! You can choose from a range of these floral cushions on the Pale & Interesting online store.

     

    standing light

     Standing Light

    The metal standing lamp in this room keeps it feeling modern with a touch of the industrial vibe. You can find a gorgeous version of your own on the Pale & Interesting online store.

     

    vintage cieling tiles

     Vintage Tin Ceiling Tiles

    The urban vibe continues with the tin ceiling tiles that have been used as a wall display. We love this idea and it’s easy to replicate in your own home. You could choose from a whole range of patterns and colours at tinceilingtiles.co.uk

     

    If you liked the look, check out Pale & Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote.

    Pale and Interesting by Atlanta Bartlett and Dave Coote

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  • Posted on July 5, 2017

    Vintage Teacup Planters

    We love this idea of using vintage teacups as planters for small plants and flowers! You could find all shapes and colours of teacups to match you own style and build up your collection bit by bit. We've also included some gardening tips from Emma Hardy, so your plants will stay happy and healthy!

     

    Preparing pots and plants

    Once you have decided on the container that you would like to plant up, you’ll need to prepare both the pots and plants before planting. Some of the key tasks include:

    • Making drainage holes  Few plants (apart from bog and water plants) like to sit in very wet soil, so it is important to provide adequate drainage in each container. If the container you are using does not have drainage holes in the bottom, then you can make some by drilling or hammering a heavy-duty nail into the base a few times.

    • Using drainage crocks  These are bits of old plant pot or tiles that are placed over the drainage holes in the container so that the hole will not become blocked by potting mix and inhibit drainage. Simply break up old pots or tiles with a hammer (take care not to let small shards hit you) and keep them for use in future projects.

    • Getting the container ready  To reduce the likelihood of infection by pests and diseases, clean the container on both the outside and inside with warm, soapy water before planting up. Remember to rinse thoroughly.

    • Loosening plant roots  Sometimes plants can become root-bound if they have been sitting in their plastic pots for a long time. Loosening the roots slightly will encourage them to spread out and grow when you re-pot them. Gently press your fingertips into the roots and then tease them out slightly, making sure that you do not damage them as you do so.

    • Soaking plants before planting  Before re-potting a plant, always soak it in water for at least 10 minutes to get the potting mix really wet.

     

    Vintage teacup planters

    Dainty Teacups

    Collect vintage cups and saucers, and create a pretty desktop garden to brighten up your day. If you are feeling brave, drill a drainage hole in the base of each cup using a hand drill. If you would rather not damage your cups, then adding gravel and being careful not to overwater should keep the plants healthy.

     

    teacup materials

    Materials

    Fine gravel

    Teacups and saucers

    Potting mix with a little fine gravel added

    Selection of alpine plants such as:

    Armeria juniperifolia (thrift) in white cup with ornate pattern

    Clematis marmoraria in pink cup

    Eranthis cilicica (winter aconite) in white cup with blue interior

    Fritillaria uva-vulpis (fritillary) in turquoise with gold cup

    Primula marginata Dwarf Form (primrose) in white cup with flower

    Saxifraga ‘Penelope’ (saxifrage) in yellow cup with the decorated saucer

    Saxifraga 5 petraschii (saxifrage) in gray cup with white flower

    Sedum species (stonecrop) in the yellow and gold cup

    vintage teacups step 2

    Put about a tablespoon of fine gravel in the bottom of each of the teacups.

    vintage teacup step 2

    Spoon some potting mix into the first cup, remembering to leave enough room for the plant.

    vinatge teacup step 3

    Take the plant out of its plastic pot and gently shake off any excess potting mix. Position the plant in the cup and fill round the edges with more potting mix so that the plant sits firmly in place. Plant the remaining teacups in the same way.

    vintage teacup step 4

    Sprinkle some fine gravel over the surface of the potting mix in each cup, making sure that it is completely covered. Water each cup carefully, ensuring that the mix is damp but not waterlogged. Deadhead spent flowers as necessary, to keep the plants in bloom.

     

    For more miniature gardening projects, check out Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy.

    Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy

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  • Posted on February 8, 2017

    Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Bedrooms from Modern Vintage Style

    Green painted bedroom

    Vintage style light and peaceful bed by window

    Woodland bedroom

    Colourful patterned bedroom

    White lace bedroom decoration

    Floral medley bedroom

    Photography by: Debi Treloar

    Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers is available on Amazon UK and Amazon US, as well as other retailers and bookstores.

     

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  • Posted on October 22, 2014

    Creating your Vintage Hallowe'en!

    With Hallowe’en just over a week away, we’re all starting to plan our outfits and conjure up ideas to decorate our homes! Today we’ve got a project for you to make from the new book, Creating your Vintage Hallowe’en, so that you can create an eerie vibe and spook your guests as they creep up the garden!

    While we all love to make, bake and pumpkin carve for the occasion, you might enjoy the spooky celebration a little more this year by understanding a bit about the folklore and traditions behind it. As well as fun crafty makes, Creating Your Vintage Hallowe’en is bursting with spooky artworks, ephemera, rhymes, and stories that we think you will just love! Why not write up a couple of the unusual Hallowe’en facts and quotes in a scary scrawl and pin them around the room to entertain your guests?

    If you’d like to discover how Hallowe’en came to be one of the most popular holidays in the calendar, then we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the new book! We’ve got four copies to giveaway and all you need to do is head over to Twitter, follow and re-tweet any of our #vintagehalloween tweets and tell us what you love most about the haunted holiday!

    balloon ghosts

    No Hallowe’en party would be complete without a bunch of visiting ghosts, and these balloon spooks couldn’t be easier to make. A piece of cheap cotton muslin is hung over a balloon with creepy features made from black card. Tie them in place to decorate a dull corner or fasten them by the front door to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home.

    You will need

    White balloon

    White ribbon

    59 in. (150 cm) square of white cotton muslin for each ghost

    Scissors

    Approximately 6 in. (15 cm) square of black card

    Pencil

    Glue

    1. Blow the balloon up. Take a length of ribbon, making sure that it is long enough for the ghost to be hung up. Tie the ribbon securely around the balloon knot.

    2. Fold the muslin in half and then into quarters. Make a small snip at the folded corner point using the scissors.

    3. Unfold the muslin and thread the ribbon through the hole, pulling the muslin down over the balloon.

    4. Draw two wobbly eyes and a wide, round mouth onto the black card. Cut them out neatly.

    5. Stick the eyes and mouth onto the muslin over the balloon using the glue. Make sure they are well stuck down. Create a collection of ghosts, making the facial features different for each one. Hang the ghosts in place using the ribbon.

     

    Creating your Vintage Hallowe'en by Marion Paull is available here.

     

    We hope you enjoy making these balloon ghosts and have lots of other great things planned for Hallowe'en! If you'd like some more inspiration then try these fright night recipes, these ghost cupcakes,  and this cobweb table decoration... And don't forget to enter the Twitter #vintagehalloween competition for a chance to win the book!


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  • Posted on July 2, 2014

    Selina Lake's Summer Fete

    Celebrate Outdoor Living this weekend with our best-selling author Selina Lake. For the last hurrah on her tour, we’re delighted to announce Selina Lake’s Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete! Featuring stalls hand-picked by Selina full of lovely items for your homes and gardens, this is definitely not to be missed!

    Saturday 5th July 2014

    11am – 5pm

    Entry is £1 and children go free!

     

    This is taking place at The Guildhall, 131 High St, Guildford, GU1 3AA. Selina will be signing books, there’ll be a little pop-up tea-shop and there are goodie bags from Mollie Makes and Prima Makes too. Full details are available here.

    So, if you love flowers, crafts and all things vintage, do pop by and say hello!

    If you can't make it this weekend, not to worry, Outdoor Living by Selina Lake is available here.

     


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  • Posted on April 17, 2014

    Step outside with Selina Lake!

    Spring has well and truly sprung and nature appears to be in full-on party mode with lilacs bursting forth hither and yon, the sound of birdsong filling the air and the welcome arrival of longer, lighter and warmer evenings.

    Love Lane Caravans www.lovelanecaravans.com

    Our author, the interiors stylist and blogger Selina Lake has turned her attention to all things exterior in her latest book aptly titled Outdoor Living, in which she provides the inspiration and insightful ‘DIY’ ideas to transform outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes, taking in buttercup fields, terraces & decks, potting sheds, summer houses, beach huts, shacks, renovated vintage caravans and beaches along the way.

    Mayfield Lavender Nursery www.mayfieldlavender.com

    With the Easter break finally here and the whole of summer stretching before us, the lovely locations featured in this book have inspired us to explore the great outdoors. Why not plan a trip to Mayfield Lavender, the jaw-droppingly beautiful organic lavender nursery situated on the North Surrey Downs? Or what better way to escape city life than a luxury camping mini-break courtesy of Cornwall-based Barefoot Glamping for a few days of relaxation and fresh country air? If you’re thinking of bringing colour and fragrance to your own garden, David Austin Roses, arguably the finest growers and purveyors of the perennially popular bloom, is the place to go. We also love Cornish-based Love Lane Caravans, creators of utterly adorable cabins, portable garden rooms, glamping huts and vintage caravans and vehicles, lovingly built and designed using architectural salvage. Our collective hearts are set upon their little white cabin with yellow- framed windows, styled on traditional mid-19th century tin tabernacles. Ah, one day. One day…

    Love Lane Caravans www.lovelanecaravans.com

    David Austin Roses www.davidaustinroses.com

    Barefoot Glamping www.barefoot–glamping.co.uk

    Selina Lake Outdoor Living is available to buy here.

    More garden and outdoors related books also here on this site.


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  • Posted on March 7, 2013

    Mid-week chat with Selina Lake

     Selina Lake looking pretty in pink. And blue.

    This week we’re chatting to interiors stylist and author Selina Lake, whose fourth book Pretty Pastel Style is published any day now.

    1. Selina, in your book you demonstrate just how versatile pastels can be. Do you think this is why the trend is making a comeback?Last season we saw all the big fashion designers championing pastels on the catwalks. This spring pastels are very much on trend and the look is moving into homes & interiors. We all love the lure of yesteryear, even the high street has been in on the act in the past few years producing ‘Vintage Style’ pieces and pastels work really well with genuine vintage finds,  especially slightly faded items. I like the versatility of the Pastel colour palette, cool shades of mint and sky blues mixed with pops of neon or metallics can give a modern space an edge while peachy pinks can add a sense of glamour. The pastel trend takes inspiration from the 50’s mixing the ice cream shades often found in American dinners and Miami in the Art Deco period and has an up-to-date twist with handmade items mixed with new prints and designs. Pastels conjure up a sweet, happy, spring-like feel so how could you not become a fan of the trend?

    2. How was your bedroom decorated when you were little? When I was really little I shared a room with my older sister Aimee, we had 80’s pale pink wallpaper with little white lambs and Care Bears bedding on our beds. We also had a big collection of My Little Ponies and old bedside tables which my dad painted white – it was quite Pretty Pastel come to think of it!

    3.You travel far and wide on shoots for your work, aside from London, where else would you like to live? I’ve absolutely loved working in Norway, I have been there twice now, both in summer time and I love their timber houses and sense of style. The people I have met there have all been so welcoming and lovely and the roads are so quiet – way better than the heavy traffic in London! Although I’m not sure I’d like to have 6 months of snow in the winter months even if it does look like wonderland.

    4.If you could pick just one piece of furniture to accompany you on a desert island, what would it be? A large comfy bed with loads of floral cushions and eiderdowns. It would make a perfect sunbed by day and be cosy when the sun went down – I’d also want a mosquito net attached.

    5.You have your own blog selinalake.blogspot.com/ and are an avid user of facebook, instagram and twitter. What effect do you think social media has on the sale of books?  Yes I’m a fan of social media you can find me @selinalake on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Vine. It’s a great way to connect with fellow creatives and along with using as a form of self promotion, I now use it as a tool for when I’m researching a new project. I think it defiantly helps with book sales as more people get to know about me and my work. I’m really lucky fans of my books are often posting images or messages saying what they love about my books and what’s inspired them and I always re-tweet or share their sweet comments.

    6.You get to see inside so many lovely homes for your work. Is there any one home in particular you’d like to step inside? I’m fortunate to get to look around lots of interesting homes and spaces. I like to find unusual places to do my photoshoots,  so I get really excited when I stumble on a great new location.  Next week I’m shooting in an old barn and abandoned Mansion House. I’d also love to stay at the hotel Meryl Streep’s character Donna Carmichael runs in the film Mamma Mia.

    7.Who has been your main influence in life? My parents, Valerie & Ronald. They have always encouraged my creative side and have inspired me to realise my dreams. I’m so lucky to have had them support me throughout my life especially with my career.

    8.What are you planning to do next? This spring and summer I will be busy promoting my new book.  I am hosting a Pretty Pastel Style Book Launch & Fair on Friday 22nd March at Market House in the Royal Borough of Kingston which I’m really looking forward to.  I’ve handpicked a number of designer /makers who will be part of the fair, setting up their stalls and selling their handmade and vintage pieces. I also have loads of styling work booked in for various clients and some very special projects which I will be revealing on my blog soon.

    9.Bike or car? Both – I need my car for work as I’m always loading it up with flowers and props and driving across the country for my photoshoots. I also love riding my blue Victoria Pendelton Somerby bike from Halfords which I featured in Pretty Pastel Style. I ride along the River Thames into Kingston with my husband.

    Selina’s Pretty Pastel Book Launch and Fair featuring craft and vintage stalls takes place on Friday 22nd March at Market House, Market Place, Kingston Upon Thames 11am – 6pm. All are welcome. In fact the more the merrier and everyone who comes along will get the chance to enter a free prize draw to win a Halford’s Victoria Pendleton bike in the most perfect shade of pastel blue. See you there!  http://selinalake.blogspot.co.uk/

    Pretty Pastel Style by Selina Lake is published  by Ryland Peters & Small on 14th March


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  • Posted on January 31, 2013

    Introducing the ultimate vintage lover...

    Mid-Week Chat with Betty Bee

    This week we are chatting with the vintage crafter Betty Bee, author of Handmade Wedding Crafts, blogger, tweeter, make up artist and burlesque party organiser.  A lady of many talents, Betty shares her pearls of wisdom with us...

    1.  Tell us about yourself  and the kinds of things you like to make?

    I'm Betty Bee, Crafter, Blogger, make up artist and mama bear. I love to make beautiful things from items once deemed junk, whether thats a cakestand made from old crockery, decoupaging a tatty table or turning a battered hardback into a kindle cover.

    2.  How did your name come about and what prompted your love of all things vintage?

    Betty Bee is my pen name. My real name is Perelandra. I started going by the name Betty a few years ago when I helped organise a burlesque night locally. Using another name (my showdog name as I call it) allowed me to be slightly larger than life  and it also conjures up a real 1950's flavour which as someone who wears a lot of vintage inspired clothes is no bad thing.

    3.  If you could time travel which decade would you visit for style, fashion and craft inspiration?

    I absolutely adore the 1950's but if Doctor Who gave me one free trip in his tardis it would be the court of Marie Antoinette. Im a sucker for a wig!

    4.  What advise would you give to budding crafters, any particular tricks of the trade?

    It sounds really basic but just have a go. Crafting isn't some secret sect and you don't have to be particuarly arty to be good at it. Find a craft whose end product you are actually interested in. It's a bit pointless learning to crochet if the sight of a crocheted teapot makes you gag. Making something you will actually get pleasure from will definately give you the impetus to carry on. Also approach glue guns with care. Those suckers burn!

    5.  What techniques and tools do you use in your work?

    All the projects which feature in my book require absolutely no previous craft experience. Any bride to be can pick it up and within half an hour be making something, so I show readers how to make crystal covered shoes using a glue gun, table arrangements out of felt and cake stands with spray paint and doilies. The end results look amazing but the actual crafting is a piece of cake. For those crafters who like to learn new things I give tips on how to create ribbon roses, whirly gig button holes and there is a brooch bouquet which is quite the show stopper. 

    6.  Are there any projects from this book that you wish you’d done at your own wedding?

    Oh so many. The brooch bouquet was so beautiful and the little candles made in the shape of cupcakes would have looked gorgeous on my tables.

    7.  When did you decide to start blogging?

    I love to write and have always kept journals and when blogging first started to gain popularity a few years ago I decided to have  ago. Needless to say I'm hooked and write at least four posts a week. Strangely other people seem to find my ramblings quite entertaining and thousands of peple drop on in every week which is great.

    8.  What kinds of things do you write about on your blog?

    Crafts, make up, vintage inspired interiors and being a plus sized hottie.

    9.  What are your hopes for the future?

    I would love to write another book and for my blog to continue to grow.

    10.  What is your favourite project from your book?

    So hard to choose, they are like my children but the outdoor lampstand is fairly ingenious.

    Thank you Betty, feeling very inspired!

    You can catch Betty's blog musings on: talesfrombettybeetowers.blogspot.com

    If you would like to get crafting, Handmade Wedding Crafts is available to purchase from Our Shop.



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  • Posted on January 31, 2013

    Introducing the ultimate vintage lover...

    Mid-Week Chat with Betty Bee

    This week we are chatting with the vintage crafter Betty Bee, author of Handmade Wedding Crafts, blogger, tweeter, make up artist and burlesque party organiser.  A lady of many talents, Betty shares her pearls of wisdom with us...

    1.  Tell us about yourself  and the kinds of things you like to make?

    I'm Betty Bee, Crafter, Blogger, make up artist and mama bear. I love to make beautiful things from items once deemed junk, whether that's a cakestand made from old crockery, decoupaging a tatty table or turning a battered hardback into a kindle cover.

    2.  How did your name come about and what prompted your love of all things vintage?

    Betty Bee is my pen name. My real name is Perelandra. I started going by the name Betty a few years ago when I helped organise a burlesque night locally. Using another name (my showdog name as I call it) allowed me to be slightly larger than life  and it also conjures up a real 1950's flavour which as someone who wears a lot of vintage inspired clothes is no bad thing.

    3.  If you could time travel which decade would you visit for style, fashion and craft inspiration?

    I absolutely adore the 1950's but if Doctor Who gave me one free trip in his tardis it would be the court of Marie Antoinette. Im a sucker for a wig!

    4.  What advise would you give to budding crafters, any particular tricks of the trade?

    It sounds really basic but just have a go. Crafting isn't some secret sect and you don't have to be particuarly arty to be good at it. Find a craft whose end product you are actually interested in. It's a bit pointless learning to crochet if the sight of a crocheted teapot makes you gag. Making something you will actually get pleasure from will definately give you the impetus to carry on. Also approach glue guns with care. Those suckers burn!

    5.  What techniques and tools do you use in your work?

    All the projects which feature in my book require absolutely no previous craft experience. Any bride to be can pick it up and within half an hour be making something, so I show readers how to make crystal covered shoes using a glue gun, table arrangements out of felt and cake stands with spray paint and doilies. The end results look amazing but the actual crafting is a piece of cake. For those crafters who like to learn new things I give tips on how to create ribbon roses, whirly gig button holes and there is a brooch bouquet which is quite the show stopper. 

    6.  Are there any projects from this book that you wish you’d done at your own wedding?

    Oh so many. The brooch bouquet was so beautiful and the little candles made in the shape of cupcakes would have looked gorgeous on my tables.

    7.  When did you decide to start blogging?

    I love to write and have always kept journals and when blogging first started to gain popularity a few years ago I decided to have  ago. Needless to say I'm hooked and write at least four posts a week. Strangely other people seem to find my ramblings quite entertaining and thousands of people drop on in every week which is great.

    8.  What kinds of things do you write about on your blog?

    Crafts, make up, vintage inspired interiors and being a plus sized hottie.

    9.  What are your hopes for the future?

    I would love to write another book and for my blog to continue to grow.

    10.  What is your favourite project from your book?

    So hard to choose, they are like my children but the outdoor lampstand is fairly ingenious.


    Thank you Betty, feeling very inspired! 

    You can catch Betty's blog musings on: talesfrombettybeetowers.blogspot.com

    If you would like to get crafting, Handmade Wedding Crafts is available to purchase from the craft section.




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